Abit boasts X38 mobos, high overclocks

COMPUTEX — Abit had a few interesting things going on at its Computex booth. First and foremost were two motherboards based on Intel’s upcoming X38 chipset. The most feature-laden one is the IX38-MAX pictured below:

This board will be packed with DDR3 support, multiple PCI Express x16 slots, CrossFire support, and so on. This board is scheduled to come out in the August-September time frame with a price tag somewhere over the $200 mark. For enthusiasts who’d rather not cough up that much on a motherboard, Abit is also cooking up the IX38 QuadGT, pictured here in a running system with a pair of Radeon X1950 Pro graphics cards:

The IX38 QuadGT will be Abit’s more affordable X38 option. It will have DDR2 memory support, and sources tell us its price tag might be around $160. Interestingly, Abit says the X38 chipset runs rather hot—so hot, in fact, that Abit’s X38 mobos may don both heat pipe-based heatsink and fans. (The firm’s current top-of-the-line offerings have passive heatsinks.)

Abit also had two overclocking pros—Fugger and and Crotale—toying around with a potent combination of quad-core processors and liquid nitrogen. The overclockers succeeded in pushing Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processors to over 4.5GHz with the aid of Abit IP35 Pro and IN9 32X-MAX motherboards. According to Fugger, the latter could withstand a front-side bus speed of a whopping 600MHz.

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    • evermore
    • 13 years ago

    Is that supposed to look like a little man with glasses (maybe wearing a black combat suit) swinging Tarzan-style into the overclocking rig? Or is it just accidental and I’m the only one that sees it?

    I’m not particularly inclined to think better of a company’s products just because they can set up a booth and use specialty materials to get a huge overclock. Getting a large overclock with stock parts is what impresses.

    • pedro
    • 13 years ago

    I reckon abit should come out with a range of Fugger endorsed products.

    • Krogoth
    • 13 years ago

    (yawns)

    X38 = new 925X

    • bthylafh
    • 13 years ago

    The case in that second picture screams “I’m a wanker”.

      • UberGerbil
      • 13 years ago

      True, but…. we’re all sitting here looking at (and criticizing) pictures of cases and motherboards taken at a trade show in Taiwan. I think we’re *[

        • bthylafh
        • 13 years ago

        ROFL. You’ve got me there.

      • Lord.Blue
      • 13 years ago

      That is a cooler master stacker case, and, while expensive, is very easy to work on.

    • astrotech66
    • 13 years ago

    Fugger, lol! Back in 1998-99 when I was posting on the THG boards (before I saw the light and came to TR), Fugger was a regular there, defending anything that had to do with Intel. He was a complete ass about it, too.

      • Pettytheft
      • 13 years ago

      He wasn’t bad. Fugger had some valid arguments at the time. AMDMeltdown was the troll but he at least was funny about it.

        • astrotech66
        • 13 years ago

        AMDMeltdown was funny. Fugger was mostly just mean without trying to be funny, from what I remember.

          • Anomymous Gerbil
          • 13 years ago

          Fugger = Proesterchen!

    • Norphy
    • 13 years ago

    The three slot PCIe design is supposed to enable physics acceleration with a third graphics card, correct?

    In that case, I hope the physics card goes in the middle slot. Otherwise people with dual slot graphics cards will be pretty screwed.

    • UberGerbil
    • 13 years ago

    Yeah, Intel clearly needs to take the northbridge down a node.

    That picture at the show is hilarious. Classic geek. Parts all over the workbench wired together? Check. Multimeter? Check. Crazy ducting? Check. Pausing just long enough to drink a caffinated beverage? Check.

      • pedro
      • 13 years ago

      Dude… you beat me to it!

      So damn classic! Pity it wasn’t a Mountain Dew.

    • Flying Fox
    • 13 years ago

    OMG0XORZ, IHS on the Northbridge!

    FP.

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